Arsenal out of WCL after penalty defeat to Paris FC

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Arsenal Women have been knocked out of Women’s Champions League qualifying following a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat to Paris FC after extra time finished 3-3.

Jonas Eidevall’s side, who reached the semi-finals last season, came from behind twice but still crashed out in round one of qualifying at the Linkoping Arena in Sweden.

Alessia Russo scored her first Arsenal goals but missed her penalty in the shootout along with Frida Maanum, and despite Daphne Corboz failing to score hers, Louna Ribadeira struck the winning spot-kick.

Mathilde Bourdieu broke the deadlock in the second half with a close-range header that was adjudged to have crossed the line before coolly slotting home just 60 seconds later.

Russo got off the mark for her new club with 10 minutes to play before substitute Jen Beattie headed in a 96th-minute equaliser shortly after coming on to send the tie to extra time.

Corboz put the French side back ahead in the second period of extra time only for Russo to net her second and level for Arsenal.

More to follow.

When does the WSL season start?

The 2023/24 Women’s Super League season starts on October 1, with Arsenal, who finished third last season, starting their campaign against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.

What’s next for Arsenal?

Arsenal begin their Women’s Super League season on Sunday October 1 against Liverpool with kick-off at 2pm.

Their trip to Manchester United on Friday October 6 will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League. Kick-off 7.30pm.

How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports’ digital platforms

Follow all the latest from the Women’s Super League across and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage and in-game clips from games live on Sky Sports.

You can also watch free match highlights from every WSL game this season on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel, while all matches will continue to be shown on both Sky Sports Football, as well as on Sky Showcase, available in all Sky homes, even without a Sky Sports package, giving the competition greater visibility.

Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will continue to be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

The Sky Sports WSL TikTok account gives fans 360° coverage of the league and grants them exclusive access to their new favourite players. Through fun challenges and interviews, along with behind-the-scenes footage, viewers will get to know the WSL’s array of personalities and see the sport from a new set of angles.

Meanwhile, fans can also keep up to date with everything on and off the pitch with the return of Three Players and a Podcast, hosted by Caroline Barker.

Key dates for the 2023/24 season

  • Barclays Women’s Super League opening weekend: Sunday October 1
  • Barclays Women’s Championship opening weekend: August 26 – August 27
  • FA Women’s Continental League Cup final: March 30/31
  • Barclays Women’s Championship final weekend: Sunday April 28
  • Vitality Women’s FA Cup final: May 11/12
  • Barclays Women’s Super League final weekend: Sunday May 18

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